Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1317857

Western Giant Swallowtail
Papilio rumiko

Observation date: December 28, 2017
Submitted by: Gary w Stuart
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Flying around my lemon tree, Torrance, Calif., USA
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: December 18, 2021
Coordinator notes: The Swallowtail you thought this was is unknown from California. What this is, is a Western Giant Swallowtail (Heraclides or Papilio rumiko), not cresphontes which occurs in the more eastern part of the country. However this is a great record because its the latest record for the species in California...Ken Davenport